ASBA’s 22nd Annual Meeting & Conference

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
 
Whether you are a beginner or an accomplished artist, there’s something for you at ASBA’s conference. You’ll be immersed in botanical art and leave with memories to inspire you for a long time to come. In addition to the three-day core conference, there are pre- and post-conference workshops providing in-depth study. This year’s conference will be held at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center. A few blocks away is the inspiration and beauty of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden, The Carnegie Museum of Natural History, The Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. A highlight of the Pittsburgh conference is the opening of the Hunt Institute’s 15th International Exhibition - one of the world’s most prestigious exhibitions of botanical art.
 

Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops

Come early or stay late! Two-day workshops preceding the conference are Extreme Detail on Kelmscott Vellum with legendary artist Jean Emmons and Creative Color Mixing with Scotland’s Fiona Strickland (Best in Show at ASBA’s 2015 Annual International). 2013 ASBA Diane Bouchier Artist Award for Excellence in Botanical Art winner, John Pastoriza-Piñol, comes from Australia to share his exciting blend of scientific analysis and symbolic realism in watercolor. His three-day workshop is October 16, 17, 18.
 

Your Day-by-Day Conference Activities

Welcome Reception

We’ll kick off the conference with a Welcome Reception at the Wyndham Wednesday evening at 5:00. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and there will be a cash bar. Meet up with old friends and make new ones as we begin a full schedule of activities. 
 

Classes, Lectures, Trips and More!

On Thursday, October 13, the popular Portfolio Sharing will be held across the street at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association. Everyone, at every level, is invited to share what they’ve been working on throughout the year. You will be able to purchase original art, prints, and cards from the artists with 30% of sales contributed back to support ASBA programs. The Annual Meeting and Luncheon will catch you up on ASBA activities and will be followed by the Techniques Showcase featuring Nan Wiggins (Powdered Pigment), Kelly Leahy Radding (Casein), and Fiona Strickland (Watercolor). A hands-on class with Martha Kemp, Juror Training with Carol Woodin, a lecture on vellum with Jesse Meyer, and the Education Forum fill the day. Then it’s off to the Hunt for the evening opening of the highly anticipated 15th International Exhibition.  
 
Friday and Saturday will include many hands-on classes, lectures, tours, and the Open Studio, where you can drop in throughout the day to watch free demonstrations by noted botanical artists, paint on your own, meet new friends, or just hang out. Visit Hunt Institute to see the International Exhibition again and enjoy Hunt’s special programs.
 
The Art Bazaar, which you all enjoyed so much last year, and the Awards Banquet when ASBA honors its members, are great finales to the conference.
 
Stay for Sunday’s International Congress of Botanical Art and learn what botanical artists are doing around the world.
 
 
 

 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
October 13 - 15, 2016
Please note that the Wyndham Hotel is filled. You may wish to contact Betsy Rogers-Knox at brogersknox@gmail.com, who is coordinating roommate requests to see if anyone wishes to share a room.
 
Other hotels nearby:
Hilton Garden Inn - the contact is Kathy Kolar. Her number is 412.688.1969
Hyatt House - 412.621.9900
Courtyard by Marriott - 412.683.3113
 
 
 
Conveniently located, the Wyndham Hotel makes your stay very affordable.
Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
100 Lytton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
 
Rooms fill up quickly, so make your reservation ASAP. You can cancel a room reservation (as per Wyndham’s policy), but you can’t create a room if they are full. For reservations call 1.412.682.6200 to speak to a reservation expert. Please ask for the American Society of Botanical Artists block. To make online reservations, go to www.wyndham.com/47154 and use Group Code 10096841AS. Room rates are $141 per night plus applicable taxes. This rate applies for stays from October 9-19, 2016, and is good for reservations made through Sunday, September 18, 2016.
 
Wish to share expenses? Betsy Rogers-Knox has graciously agreed to be our roommate coordinator for the 2016 conference. You may contact her at brogersknox@gmail.com.
 

 

Pittsburgh International Airport is 20 miles from our hotel

Ground Transportation
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Title
Instructor
Location

Creative Color Mixing

Observing colorful seasonal flowers, let Fiona lead you through a palette arrangement to maximize vibrant, glowing color. Observe her demonstrations of color mixing and then using her wet and dry application techniques create glowing layers of color.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$300.00
Fiona Strickland
Wyndham Hotel, Panther I and II

Extreme Detail on Kelmscott Vellum

Refine your drybrush skills while investigating Kelmscott Vellum.  Considered the smoothest and hardest of vellums, Kelmscott's special character allows for crisp detail and bright, luminous color. However, its unique topcoat requires a careful touch.  After a series of exercises in building, lifting and repairing, we will paint dried leaves.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$300.00
Jean Emmons
Wyndham Hotel, Carnegie I and II

Creative Color Mixing

Observing colorful seasonal flowers, let Fiona lead you through a palette arrangement to maximize vibrant, glowing color. Observe her demonstrations of color mixing and then using her wet and dry application techniques create glowing layers of color.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$300.00
Fiona Strickland
Wyndham Hotel, Panther I and II

Extreme Detail on Kelmscott Vellum

Refine your drybrush skills while investigating Kelmscott Vellum.  Considered the smoothest and hardest of vellums, Kelmscott's special character allows for crisp detail and bright, luminous color. However, its unique topcoat requires a careful touch.  After a series of exercises in building, lifting and repairing, we will paint dried leaves.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$300.00
Jean Emmons
Wyndham Hotel, Carnegie I and II

Conference Check-In, Catalog Sales and Art Bazaar Drop-off

Welcome to the Conference! Pick up your conference packet including all the details you will need. Catalogs from ASBA exhibitions available for purchase.
Session Registration Required: 
No
ASBA Members
$0.00
Wyndham Hotel, Lobby

Vellum Sales, Pergamena

Since 1550, the Meyer family has been involved in tanning and leatherwork. Pergamena is recognized as North America’s leading parchment and leathers producer
Session Registration Required: 
No
ASBA Members
$0.00
Wyndham Hotel, Mezzanine

Welcome Reception

Please join us in Pittsburgh for the 22nd ASBA Annual Meeting and Conference. We’ll kick off the conference with a Welcome Reception at the Wyndham Wednesday evening at 5:00. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and there will be a cash bar. Meet up with old friends and make new ones as we begin a full schedule of activities.
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$26.00
Wyndham Hotel, Schenley Ballroom

Thursday Breakfast

Wyndham Deluxe Continental - Assorted freshly-baked breakfast pastries, Variety of bagels with butter, jelly, and assorted cream cheese, Fresh fruit, Yogurt, Granola
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$21.00
Wyndham Hotel, Schenley Ballroom

Conference Check-In, Catalog Sales and Art Bazaar Drop-off

Session Registration Required: 
No
ASBA Members
Wyndham Hotel, Lobby

Portfolio Sharing and Sales

Please register for this item ONLY if you are planning on showing your portfolio and wish to reserve a table. All members are welcome to attend and need not register unless showing a portfolio. Everyone, at every level, is invited to share what they’ve been working on throughout the year. It’s a fun, no-pressure event where you can see the works of other botanical artists and get feedback on your work. Those who register to present their portfolio at the conference during Portfolio Sharing may now sell their artwork. We ask that 30% be donated to ASBA. These events benefit ASBA’s programs – and help the artists as well! Indicate on the registration form if you plan to sell work during portfolio sharing and agree to donate 30% of the proceeds to ASBA.
Session Capacity: 
75
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Pittsburgh Athletic Association

The Story of Vellum

Learn about the making and use of different types of vellum from Jesse Meyer, whose family company, Pergamena, has been preparing animal skins since 1550.
Session Capacity: 
50
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Jesse Meyer
Wyndham Hotel, Carnegie I and II

General Meeting Luncheon

Choose from: Grilled Salmon with Orange-Infused Beurre Blanc; Pecan Crusted Chicken with Dijon Mustard Sauce; Lemon Ricotta Ravioli (vegetarian) - served with: House salad, Rolls and butter, Chef’s choice of rice or potato, Vegetable, Dessert, Freshly brewed iced tea, Brewed regular and decaffeinated Starbucks, coffee, Tazo tea
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$33.00
Wyndham Hotel, Schenley Ballroom

Education Forum

If you are an instructor, student, or interested in learning more about botanical art education please join us for an exciting and information-filled afternoon. We will discuss how botanical illustration is taught and how the field continues to change.
Session Capacity: 
30
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
Teachers/Educators
$0.00
Deb Shaw and Suzanne Wegener
Wyndham Hotel, Panther I and II

Introduction to Drawing with a Lead Holder (neither a Wood Pencil nor a Mechanical Pencil)

Are you relatively new to botanical art? A wood pencil is a familiar drawing tool, but prepare to be amazed at the control and exceptional detail that can be achieved when drawing with a lead holder and using its accompanying tools. Beginners are welcome!
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$65.00
Martha Kemp
Wyndham Hotel, Oakland I and II

Juror Training

A review of the topics needed to serve as a juror in ASBA exhibitions, including ASBA policies and procedures for jurors and criteria used in scoring artwork. Participants will divide into teams and jury a small exhibition.

Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Carol Woodin
Wyndham Hotel, Carnegie I and II

Vellum Sales, Pergamena

Session Registration Required: 
No

Techniques Showcase on Stage

Three artists demonstrate and discuss on stage with close-ups of their techniques projected onto a large screen.
1:30 - Powdered Pigment, Nan Wiggins 2:30 - Casein, Kelly Leahy Radding 3:30 - Watercolor, Fiona Strickland

 

Artwork: Persimmon by Nan Wiggins

Session Capacity: 
200
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$10.00
Wyndham Hotel, Schenley Ballroom

Bus shuttle from Wyndham Hotel to Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

Session Capacity: 
200
Session Registration Required: 
No
ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$0.00
Wyndham Hotel

Opening Reception Hunt Institute 15th International Exhibition

Session Capacity: 
200
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$0.00
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

Bus shuttle from Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation to Wyndham Hotel

Session Registration Required: 
No
ASBA Members
Guests
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

Bus shuttle from Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation to Wyndham Hotel

Session Capacity: 
200
Session Registration Required: 
No
ASBA Members
Guests
$0.00
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentationn

Friday Breakfast

Breakfast of Champions - Assorted freshly-baked breakfast pastries, Variety of bagels with butter, jelly, and assorted cream cheese, Sliced fresh fruit display with berry yogurt, Fluffy farm-fresh scrambled eggs, Belgian waffles with fresh strawberries, Skillet browned potatoes, Crisp bacon and grilled sausage
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$26.00
Wyndham Hotel, Schenley Ballroom

Fallingwater Tour

Coach bus departs from Wyndham at 8:15 am sharp. Returning to Wyndham at approximately 4:30pm.
 Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s most famous architect, designed this house for his clients, the Kaufmann family.  Fallingwater was built between 1936 and 1939.  It instantly became famous, and today it is a National Historic Landmark. It's a house that doesn’t even appear to stand on solid ground, but instead stretches out over a 30’ waterfall. Take a guided tour, then enjoy lunch on your own at the café located in the visitor center. Expect considerable walking. Please wear comfortable walking shoes! For information on accessibility go to

http://fallingwater.org/7/site-challenges-information.

 

Photo courtesy of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Session Capacity: 
50
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$75.00
Guests
$75.00
Fallingwater

Bus shuttle from Wyndham Hotel to Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

Session Registration Required: 
No
ASBA Members
$0.00
Wyndham Hotel

Hunt Exhibition and Artworks in Strandell Room

Make a return visit to the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation's 15th International Exhibition and artworks in the Hunt's collection.
Session Capacity: 
50
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentationn

Mushrooms: Painting Browns

The most common and easily procured mushroom subject is typically what we call an LBM: Little Brown Mushroom. Learn how to mix the ultimate useful brown, and how to add a layer of beautiful color underneath in an effort to enliven your subject and make it luminous and unique.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$65.00
Margaret Saylor
Wyndham Hotel, Oakland I and II

Mastering Beautiful Bloom on Fruit in Watercolor

Have you ever wondered just how to paint the dusty bloom on fruit such as plums, grapes and figs? In this class, we will be discussing what exactly is bloom, and learning the techniques used to paint bloom and render disappearing edges effectively in watercolor.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$140.00
Shevaun Doherty
Wyndham Hotel, Panther I and II

Fancy Fruit Textures in Graphite

Learn the basics of tonal drawing with graphite to capture all the fun, varied textures of exotic fruits. From the fuzzy outside of a kiwi to the intricate inside of a pomegranate, this class will give you the skills to draw your own ‘fancy’ fruit.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$140.00
Kelly Leahy Radding
Wyndham Hotel, Carnegie I and II

Pen and Ink - The Magic of Black and White and COLOR!

Discover the magic of working in pen and black ink plus the addition of COLOR to give your work added impact and vitality. For centuries, classic botanical art has relied on pen and black ink to bring forth and reveal the rich botanical detail of newly discovered species. With the availability of the new concentrated pigmented inks, color adds a whole new ingredient to the presentation of plant species. Students will discover a whole new way of depicting color in plants along with developing a refined stipple technique.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$140.00
Derek Norman
Wyndham Hotel, Schenley V

Colored Pencil - Plants on Different Grounds

In this class, we will be exploring how to do colored pencil renderings of plants using alternative grounds. We will spend time working on pastel board, black paper, and suede board.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$145.00
Dorothy DePaulo
Wyndham Hotel, Schenley VI

The Dark Side

Shadow theory, color mixing and practice; in particular shadows in life-like representation of subjects. Please note this class is intended to stretch experienced artists: beginners will probably struggle.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$135.00
Martin Allen
Pittsburgh Athletic Association, Presidents Room

Indian Corn from Start to Finish

Indian Corn can be a challenging and time-consuming subject to portray in watercolor. After roughly sketching out the basic shape students will select a portion of their subject to work on. Step-by-step instruction will focus on perspective, light source, layering color and creating form. By completing a section of the corn students will have a guideline for finishing the entire composition at a later date.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$135.00
Betsy Rogers-Knox
Pittsburgh Athletic Association, Library

An Approach to Compelling Composition

Does nature kindly give us perfect composition? Not sure about that! Then, how much freedom do we have as botanical artists to create botanical paintings/drawings with good composition? Heeyoung would like to share her own approach to compelling composition through some tangible guides.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$145.00
Heeyoung Kim
Pittsburgh Athletic Association, Patrician Room

Vendor Sales: Pergamena Vellum

Session Registration Required: 
No
ASBA Members
Guests
$0.00
Wyndham Hotel, Mezzanine

Open Studio

Drop in throughout the day to watch free demonstrations by noted botanical artists, paint on your own, meet new friends, or just hang out. No registration required.
Session Registration Required: 
No
ASBA Members
$0.00
Wyndham Hotel, Shadyside

Bus shuttle from Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation to Wyndham Hotel

Session Capacity: 
50
Session Registration Required: 
No
ASBA Members
$0.00
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentationn

Friday Buffet Lunch

Carnegie Deli - Tender field green salad with tomatoes, greek olives, and english cucumber, Sicilian pasta salad with imported meats, cheese and roasted vegetables, Premium slow roasted turkey breast, Roast beef, Black Forest ham, Genoa salami, Provolone, Pepper Jack, Bay Swiss and American cheese, Red leaf lettuce, Red onions, Sliced ripe tomatoes, Dill pickle spears, Thick cut deli breads, Kaiser rolls, condiments, Assorted cookies and Fudge nut brownies
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$30.00
Wyndham Hotel, Schenley Ballroom

Bus shuttle from Wyndham Hotel to Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

Session Capacity: 
50
Session Registration Required: 
No
ASBA Members
$0.00
Wyndham Hotel

Crab Apples - Solidity, Shape and Form - Colored Pencil

You’ll learn to look for, plan, and portray the solid form of crab-apples and the depth of color given by multi-layering colored pencils.  You’ll learn about color choice and the importance of the order in which to lay them to get the result you want.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$60.00
Gaynor Dickeson
Wyndham Hotel, Oakland I and II

Hunt Exhibition and Artworks in Strandell Room

Make a return visit to the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation's 15th International Exhibition.
Session Capacity: 
50
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentationn

Lecture: Leaves: Varied and Vital

While viewing a variety of leaf types onscreen, learn basic terminology as well as morphology. Have fun (really!) demystifying some of the daunting descriptive terms (think falcate, mucronate and auriculate). Leaves are fascinating and good understanding leads to good paintings - it's not ALL about the flowers!
Session Capacity: 
100
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Robin Jess
Wyndham Hotel, Schenley Ballroom

Lecture: Plants Flowing from Pencils, Pens, Brushes – 19th-century Women in Botanical Art

We will consider approximately two dozen 19th-century women artists, most of them British -- artists such as Augusta Withers and Priscilla Bury. Much of their work was done for publication, and we will display originals if we have them, and/or examples of their published work.

 

Witsenia maura [Witsenia Thunberg, Iridaceae], watercolor on paper by Augusta Innes Withers (ca. 1793–1860), ca.1839, 24.5 x 19.5 cm, for B. Maund and J.S. Henslow, Botanist 3, 1839, pl. 125, HI Art accession no. 0857.25, courtesy of Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Session Capacity: 
35
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Charlotte Tancin
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentationn

Q&A with Artists from the Hunt’s 15th International Exhibition

Join these five artists whose work is included in the 15th International Exhibition for a Q&A session. Dolores Diaz, Carrie Di Costanzo, Jenny Hyde-Johnson, Robert McNeill, and Connie Scanlon
Session Capacity: 
50
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentationn

Lecture: The Allure of Silver and Gold

Metalpoint drawing is enjoying a Renaissance in the botanical art world. Discover the historical materials and techniques and their contemporary applications as artists continue to fall under the spell of drawing with silver and gold.
Session Capacity: 
100
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Kandy Phillips
Wyndham Hotel, Schenley Ballroom

Bus shuttle from Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation to Wyndham Hotel

Session Capacity: 
50
Session Registration Required: 
No
ASBA Members
$0.00
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentationn

Grant Project Presentations

Come hear about the fascinating projects supported by ASBA grants. This year, Kay Kopper (Julius I. Brown Award) will talk about painting plants in the Pine Barrens of Southeastern Massachusetts and Gail Selfridge (Anne Ophelia Dowden Award) will talk about her book Colorful Leaves, A Coloring Book of Artwork from Nature. Myra Sourkes, Emcee
Session Capacity: 
100
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Wyndham Hotel, Schenley Ballroom

Beyond Accuracy: Creating Art Panel Discussion

Botanical artists straddle two worlds - one of accuracy in portraying plants and the other of creating art. How can we combine these two without sacrificing one for the other? This illustrated discussion considers the concept of moving beyond mere accurate images into art. Work by many artists will be shown and there will be time for audience questions. Panel members: Lugene Bruno, Jean Emmons, Robin Jess, and Susan Fisher
Session Capacity: 
200
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Wyndham Hotel, Schenley Ballroom

Saturday Breakfast

Breakfast of Champions - Assorted freshly-baked breakfast pastries, Variety of bagels with butter, jelly, and assorted cream cheese, Sliced fresh fruit display with berry yogurt, Fluffy farm-fresh scrambled eggs, Belgian waffles with fresh strawberries, Skillet browned potatoes, Crisp bacon and grilled sausage
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$26.00
Wyndham Hotel, Schenley Ballroom

Bus leaves for Pittsburgh Botanic Garden (workshop registrants only)

Session Capacity: 
18
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
Wyndham Hotel

Maintaining a Field Sketchbook

Have you ever started a field sketchbook but ended up with incomplete pages and inconsistent entries? This class with botanist Lara Call Gastinger will teach basic plant identification, how to observe and document plants, and how to successfully maintain a sketchbook. This class takes place at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
Session Capacity: 
18
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$60.00
Lara Call Gastinger
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Making Archival Folders and Enclosures

In this hands-on workshop you will learn archival methods for making temporary mounts and corners, storage envelopes and portfolios for exhibiting or storing your original art on paper.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$65.00
Carrie Roy
Wyndham Hotel, Schenley VI

Group Critique

In a casual, supportive and interactive group setting, Lugene Bruno of the Hunt Institute and Robin Menard of the Phipps Conservatory Botanical Illustration Certificate Program will discuss three of each participant's artworks while addressing topics such as composition, color and spatial relationships. During this group discussion, each artist will learn terminology and develop skills for objectively understanding their own and others' work.
Session Capacity: 
10
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$60.00
Lugene Bruno and Robin Menard
Pittsburgh Athletic Association, Presidents Room

A Day’s Dive into Vellum

Using small autumn subjects, we’ll get our feet wet with the techniques needed to paint beautiful translucent watercolors on vellum. Using dry-brush layering, we’ll work on capturing surface color as well as light and shadow, learning how to depict gloss, shaded form, and surface textures.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$145.00
Carol Woodin
Pittsburgh Athletic Association, Library

Drawing and Painting Leaves

Do your leaves let your work down? In this class, you will learn simple measured drawing and watercolor techniques, which will allow you to portray realistic leaves as leaf portraits or in perspective.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$135.00
Dianne Sutherland
Wyndham Hotel, Carnegie I and II

From the Ground Up - Watercolor

Whether you are a newcomer to this art form or an artist seeking to fill in some essential gaps, join Margaret Best to find what you are looking for in this one-day, back-to-basics workshop. Class covers how to choose the right brush, loading the brush correctly, laying down a clean wash in a variety of ways, blending and building colors, dry brush work, and avoiding overworking.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$140.00
Margaret Best
Wyndham Hotel, Schenley V

Fall Fruits

Capture the glow of fall fruit by balancing highlights, shadows and reflected light to make your subject luminous. A variety of apples, pears, persimmons and pomegranates will be available. Catherine will teach you how to skillfully observe, measure and draw your subject, followed by careful and accurate color mixing. You are then ready to paint and capture the elegant shape, bold colors and textures using proper lighting to make your fruit come to life. Open to all levels.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$140.00
Catherine Watters
Wyndham Hotel, Panther I and II

Colored Pencil on Mylar - Playing with Transparency

Mylar is a versatile choice for colored pencil. Working on both sides of the film creates a special brilliance and rich color. Learn how to adapt your usual working methods to achieve stunning effects. Topics include grisaille; color saturation; depth of space; back-painting with acrylics; and atmospheric fade.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$140.00
Kathie Miranda
Pittsburgh Athletic Association, Patrician Room

Painting Light in Watercolor

Robert will lead you through his process for capturing the complexities of light on seasonal flowers. Using demonstrated watercolor wash and dry brush techniques you will enjoy replicating dynamic lighting effects.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$140.00
Robert McNeill
Wyndham Hotel, Oakland I and II

Open Studio

Drop in throughout the day to watch free demonstrations by noted botanical artists, paint on your own, meet new friends, or just hang out.
Session Registration Required: 
No
ASBA Members
$0.00
Wyndham Hotel, Shadyside

Vendor Sales: Pergamena Vellum

Session Registration Required: 
No
Wyndham Hotel, Mezzanine

Tour: Nationality Rooms

We’ll meet in the hotel lobby at 9:45 and then walk across the street to the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning where we’ll take a Guided tour of The Nationality Rooms. The rooms were designed to represent the culture of various ethnic groups that settled in Allegheny County. For more information and to see the rooms go to: http://www.nationalityrooms.pitt.edu.
Session Capacity: 
60
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$5.00
Guests
$5.00
University of Pittsburgh

Saturday Box Lunch

Choose from: Country Club - Turkey club on ciabatta bread with peppered bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise; Roasted Vegetable Ciabatta with feta cheese and a balsamic glaze (vegetarian); Slow Roasted Beef Sandwich - slow roasted beef thinly sliced, served with horseradish mayonnaise - served with: Choice of salad, Bottled water or soda, Choice of: apple, banana, kettle chips, granola bar, cookie, brownie
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$30.00
Wyndham Hotel, Schenley Ballroom

Bus shuttle from Wyndham Hotel to Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

Session Capacity: 
50
Session Registration Required: 
No
ASBA Members
$0.00
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

What is “Bugging” You

You want to include bugs in your botanical piece, but don’t quite know how to go about it? Explore considerations such as overall objective, reference materials and composition as they inform your final piece. Implement these considerations in class with practice sketches.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$70.00
Heidi Snyder
Wyndham Hotel, Schenley VI

Lecture: Mushrooms in Djibouti: Protecting Your Botanical Art in a Digital World

“Digital” doesn’t have to mean scary, difficult or boring, but it helps to be aware of the risks. This presentation will cover: Digital theft; How to protect your artwork and copyright; Some fun and useful apps for tablets and smart phones; Some fun and useful Photoshop tips and tricks.
Session Capacity: 
100
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Deborah Shaw
Pittsburgh Athletic Association, Presidents Room

Bus shuttle from Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation to Wyndham Hotel

Session Registration Required: 
No

Art Bazaar and Artist Sales

The first 15 members who reserve a table when registering for the conference may sell their botanical art related products. You can share a table with another artist or a chapter could reserve a table. You are asked to donate 30% of your sales to ASBA. Get together with friends and designate one to sign up for a table during registration – or reserve one for yourself. You do not need to register for the Art Bazaar unless you are requesting a table.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Wyndham Hotel, Schenley Ballroom

ASBA Annual Awards Banquet

Enjoy a relaxing dinner with friends new and old as we honor members’ achievements at the Grand Finale of ASBA’s conference activities. Choose from: Chicken Breast Allemande with Mushrooms in a Rich Cream Veloute; Pork Medallions Sauteed with Apples and Pears, Balsamic Sauce; Roasted Vegetable Ravioli (vegetarian)
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$55.00
Pittsburgh Athletic Association

First International Congress of Botanical Art

Are you planning on attending ASBA's Annual Meeting and Conference in Pittsburgh this October?  Then please consider staying through Sunday to attend ASBA's first International Congress of Botanical Art.  This event will take place at the Wyndham Hotel in Pittsburgh and includes speakers from around the globe. The purpose of the Congress is to develop a global botanical art community to share ideas and develop ways in which our work can impact the world.  A current example is the Worldwide Exhibition of Botanical Art that is scheduled for May 2018.

Schedule:

Botanical Art in Asia - Mieko Ishikawa, Japanese Association of Botanical Illustration;    Jee-Yeon Koo, Korean Society of Botanical Illustrators, President;   Dr. Sasivimon Chomchalow Swangpol,Mahidol University and Sci-Art Network, Thailand.

Botanical Art in Brazil – a Tribute to Margaret Mee, Fatima Zagonel.

Working with Botanists - Agathe Haevermans & Thomas Haevermans, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris. France;  Esmee Winkel, The Netherlands.

Aibítir, the Irish Alphabet in Botanical Art - Mary Dillon, Irish Society of Botanical Art.

The Dutch Society of Botanical Artists - bringing botanical art to the Dutch people - Anita Walsmit Sachs.

Florilegia around the Globe - Helen Allen, The Transylvania Florilegium Project;  Beverly Allen,  Florilegium Society Royal Botanic  Gardens Sydney.

Worldwide Botanical Art Exhibition - Carol Woodin.

Learn to Draw – Draw to Learn Project - Robin Jess.

Open Discussion - Ideas for working together globally;  Engaging young people in the natural world through botanical art.    

Includes a buffet lunch.

Session Capacity: 
45
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$55.00
Guests
$55.00
Wyndham Hotel, Carnegie I and II

Masterclass with John Pastoriza-Piñol

The structure of the class involves a painting project and John will assist each student with composition, painting techniques and color theory. John will demonstrate how masking fluid and the NEEF ¼ Comb can be used to achieve very fine detail, an invaluable tool for contemporary Botanical Art. This class is suitable for intermediate and advanced students.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$450.00
John Pastoriza-Piñol
Wyndham Hotel, Oakland I and II

Masterclass with John Pastoriza-Piñol

The structure of the class involves a painting project and John will assist each student with composition, painting techniques and color theory. John will demonstrate how masking fluid and the NEEF ¼ Comb can be used to achieve very fine detail, an invaluable tool for contemporary Botanical Art. This class is suitable for intermediate and advanced students.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$450.00
John Pastoriza-Piñol
Wyndham Hotel, Oakland I and II

Masterclass with John Pastoriza-Piñol

The structure of the class involves a painting project and John will assist each student with composition, painting techniques and color theory. John will demonstrate how masking fluid and the NEEF ¼ Comb can be used to achieve very fine detail, an invaluable tool for contemporary Botanical Art. This class is suitable for intermediate and advanced students.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$450.00
John Pastoriza-Piñol
Wyndham Hotel, Oakland I and II

Martin Allen

Martin is an RHS Gold Medallist, Emeritus Fellow of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society, with paintings in the collection of the Hunt Institute and Shirley Sherwood. He has a degree in Environmental Horticulture and works in native plant conservation in the UK.

Margaret Best

Margaret Best is a professionally qualified art teacher who enjoys working with artists of all skill levels. Her busy schedule has taken her to 8 different countries offering lectures and hands-on workshops. Her work has been featured 10 ASBA international juried exhibitions, is found in the collection of the Hunt Institute and Kew Library and private collections around the globe.

Lugene Bruno

As Curator of Art at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Lugene Bruno is responsible for all activities of the Art Department, including curating the collection and twice-yearly exhibitions; designing catalogues; giving talks, tours and accessibility to collection materials. She is also an artist working in the mediums of photography and graphite drawing.

Dorothy DePaulo

I have been using colored pencils as my primary media for over twenty years. I am a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. I have had work accepted in ASBA annual shows and at Filoli.

Gaynor Dickeson

Gaynor Dickeson is British.  She has RHS awards for watercolour and coloured pencil work. Her pictures are in collections worldwide, including the Hunt Institute, in 2103.  Gaynor teaches botanical art in the UK, Norway and online, with students from around the world. 

Shevaun Doherty

Shevaun Doherty is an award winning artist from Ireland and full member of the SBA. It was whilst living in Egypt that she first became interested in botanical art. Now living in Dublin, she shares her passion for art and conservation through teaching.

Jean Emmons

An avid gardener, Jean Emmons has 2 gold medals and "Best Painting of Show" (London, 2011) from the Royal Horticultural Society and the ASBA 2005 Diane Bouchier Founders Award for Excellence in Botanical Art.

Lara Call Gastinger

Lara Call Gastinger is a botanical artist and illustrator for the Flora of Virginia Project. She was awarded a gold medal at the RHS show in London and her work has been in numerous ASBA traveling exhibits and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation.

Robin Jess

Robin A. Jess is the executive director of the American Society of Botanical Artists. She has worked as a botanical illustrator and artist for 40 years and created the botanical illustration certificate program at The New York Botanical Garden.

Martha Kemp

Martha Kemp is a self-taught artist who specializes in using graphite pencil for detailed botanical drawings. She is the recipient of the ASBA Bouchier Award (1999), five Gold Medals from the Royal Horticultural Society and two “Best Drawing in Show” awards at ASBA/HSNY Annual Exhibitions.

Heeyoung Kim

Artist, instructor and native plant advocate, Heeyoung Kim is known for her botanical documentation of prairie plants of Midwest. Her works are characterized with complicated composition with simplicity. She won ASBA Diane Boucher Artist Award for Excellence in Botanical Art (2012), RHS Gold Medal (2012) and ASBA/HSNY Best in Show (2012).

Kelly Leahy Radding

Kelly Leahy Radding is a contemporary Artist-Naturalist who specializes in botanical and wildlife art. She works with watercolors on calfskin vellum and paper, casein, graphite & silverpoint. Her ideas begin with field observations that she translates to finished paintings in the studio.

Robert McNeill

Robert McNeill is an award-winning international botanical artist renowned for his exceptional use of light and rigorous attention to detail. His work was shown in the prestigious "Auga Doce” exhibition Santiago de Compostela, Spain 2014, and the ASBA 17th and 18th Annual Internationals.

Robin Menard

Robin Menard teaches Botanical Drawing I, II, III certificate core courses, and electives at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. In addition, she shares her love of botanical art and nature through school programs and public workshops in western Pennsylvania.

Kathie Miranda

Kathie Miranda is an award-winning artist, juror and educator of botanical art. She teaches at The New York Botanical Garden and various New York City art institutions. She is an active member of the Connecticut Watercolor Society and the Colored Pencil Society of America.

Derek Norman

Born and educated in England, Derek Norman has received gold and silver gilt medals from the Royal Horticultural Society and is represented in the permanent collections of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium Society, the British Museum and the Library of Congress. He serves on the Executive Committee of the ASBA, and is the immediate past President of ASBA.

John Pastoriza-Piñol

John Pastoriza-Piñol employs techniques from both the centuries-old tradition of botanical drawing as well as contemporary art. John’s work is now held in numerous public and private collections around and he was the recipient of the American Society of Botanical Art Diane Bouchier Award for Excellence in Botanical Art in 2013.

Kandy Phillips

Kandy Vermeer Phillips is a long time student of medieval illumination. She recently rediscovered the Renaissance technique of drawing with silver. She was awarded an ASBA grant and an Eckelberry Fellowship to further her studies in these fields.

Betsy Rogers-Knox

Betsy earned a Certificate in Botanical Illustration from The New York Botanical Garden and is enchanted by the full lifecycle of plants. Her work has been included in the 13-18th ASBA Annual Exhibitions, Weird, Wild and Wonderful, Focus on Nature, Following in the Bartrams Footsteps and The RHS Exhibition in London.

Carrie Roy

As Assistant Curator of Art for the Hunt Institute, Carrie Roy organizes exhibitions, provides research for presentations and publications, and handles collections care. She has an MA in Art History and brings with her eight years of experience in art museums and galleries.

Margaret Saylor

Margaret Saylor finds a ton of fungi to paint in her native Berks County, Pennsylvania: the stranger, the better. She earned her BFA from Kutztown University in Communications Design, and in June 2013 Margaret was awarded a certificate, with distinction, in Botanical Art & Illustration from The New York Botanical Garden. She has developed and taught botanical art classes at Chanticleer, PA; Mt. Cuba Center, DE; and the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Lancaster, PA. Margaret is the Editor/Designer of The Botanical Artist, ASBA’s quarterly journal. Exhibiting her work in solo and juried shows, Margaret paints in her home studio in Mt. Penn, PA. Her painting on vellum, Dryad’s Saddle, was accepted into the ASBA's 17th Annual International.

Deborah Shaw

Deborah Shaw has a fine art degree from Pomona College, where she also studied botany and California flora. She is principal of dbShaw Studios, specializing in print, web, information design, illustration, and scientific illustration. Ms. Shaw is an active member of the ASBA, the California chapters, and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. She has taught botanical art at numerous venues and taught drawing, design and information design at UCI, Extension where she was a “Distinguished Instructor” award recipient. Deborah’s work has been displayed in juried and non-juried exhibitions, is in the permanent collection at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and is in private collections. She has received numerous awards for art, design, product design and advertising. Her preferred media include graphite, watercolor, colored pencil, scratchboard, Illustrator and Photoshop.

Heidi Snyder

Heidi is a colored pencil artist with memberships in ASBA, RMSBA, GNSI, and a signature membership in CPSA. Attention to detail, awareness and conservation are intertwined for her. She participated in RARE, illustrated endangered species in Utah, and co-authored a book "Wild in the City".

Fiona Strickland

Fiona Strickland is an internationally renowned botanical artist, the recipient of many awards, an RHS Gold Medallist and Best in Show ASBA/HSNY 2015. She has work in many prestigious collections and is known for her personal use of color and attention to detail.

Dianne Sutherland

Dianne trained with Royal Doulton and has been a full-time artist and tutor for 25 years. She holds a BSL in Biology and combines scientific interests with botanical painting. She is a member of SBA and Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney Florilegium with work in the permanent collection of the Hunt.

Charlotte Tancin

Charlotte Tancin is Librarian, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University.  She is a longtime member and past officer of the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries, a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, and represents Hunt Institute in the Linnaeus Link project.

Catherine Watters

Catherine teaches in the US and in France. Her paintings are included in several Florilegia: the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens; the Brooklyn Botanic Garden; Filoli and Alcatraz. Also in the Hunt; the Sutton Collection; the Museum of Natural History, Paris; the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Nan Wiggins

Nan Wiggins received her BFA in Illustration from the Cleveland Institute. An award winning illustrator and designer, she ran a successful business of her own for 15 years, served as adjunct faculty at the CIA, and was Creative Director for two of Cleveland’s most distinguished private schools.

Carol Woodin

Specializing in watercolor on vellum, Carol Woodin’s work has been exhibited around the world. Recipient of the 1998 ASBA Diane Bouchier Artist Award, and an RHS Gold Medal, she served on the Board of the American Society of Botanical Artists, and is now its Director of Exhibitions.
Conference Fee - Early Registration: 
$360.00
Early Registration Deadline: 
08/07/2016
Conference Fee: 
$425.00
Registration Deadline: 
09/04/2016
Fee Includes: 
Most meals are included in the conference fee including breakfast and lunch on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and the Saturday evening banquet. Light refreshments will be served at the Welcome Reception on Wednesday. Many activities are free including: Portfolio Sharing, The Story of Vellum, Juror Training, Education Forum, Open Studio, Grant Project Presentations, Beyond Accuracy presentation, Hunt Activities, and lectures by Robin Jess, Kandy Phillips, and Deborah Shaw. If any discrepancies exist between policies that appear in the Journal and online, the policies online will take precedence. 
 

 

How to Register: 
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
 
Registration Opens: 
Saturday, July 23, 2016, 12 noon, Eastern Time
Early Registration Deadline: August 7, 2016 
 
Registration Closes: 
September 4, 2016 
 
Two Ways to Register:
 
1. Online Conference Registration: Register and pay with credit card (MC/Visa/Discover).  Nearly 100% of registrants used Online Conference Registration last year.  Further instructions on the registration process will be sent to you in monthly Highlights and in special emailings. When registration opens, members will be emailed a link that will take them directly to Online Conference Registration.  (We will not go through the ASBA website to register).  
 
2. By mail: Clip, copy or download the registration form. Complete the form and mail along with your check payable to ASBA to ASBA 20th Annual Meeting, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458- 5126.
 
First-come, first-served policy: You may register online or by mail. Online registration is the best way for you to get the classes you want. Mail-in registrations will be processed when received, not based on postmark date. Mail-ins postmarked prior to opening day of registration (July 23) will not be processed. 
We recommend registering online beginning July 23, 12 noon Eastern Time. 
Confirmation: Sent via email only to those registering online; by US Postal Service to those registering by mail. 
Questions: Regarding selection of classes email annualmeeting@asba-art.org or, regarding a change in your registration, email conf.registration@asba-art.org or contact the ASBA office at 1.866.691.9080. 
 
 

 

Policy: 
1. Current ASBA membership is required for registration. 
 
2. The ASBA Annual Meeting and Conference is a three-day event. Partial registration is not available. Preference is given to conference registrants for pre- and post-conference workshops and activities. 
 
3. Registration Fees: Registration fee on or before August 7, 2016:  $360
Registration fee after August 7, 2016:  $425
 
4. Registration Deadline: 
Registration is closed as of September 4, 2016. No registrations are accepted after this time, no exceptions. 
 
5. Refund and Cancellation Policy:
Cancellation on or before August 7, 2016 - $75 fee. All workshop fees refunded. Cancellation after August 7 through August 21, 2016- $150 fee plus 20% of workshop fees. Cancellation after August 21 through September 4, 2016 - $200 fee plus 50% of workshop fees. 
Cancellation Pre-and Post- conference Workshops on or before August 15, 2016 – 50% of fee. Pre- and Post-conference Workshop cancellation after August 15, 2016 – no refund. 
No refunds of registration fee or workshops cancelled after September 4, 2016. 
Health emergency or death in the immediate family: Refunds will be same as above except cancellation on or after October 1 through October 10, $200 of the basic registration fee and 50% of all other fees will be refunded to the registrant. If a guest cancels due to health emergency or death in the immediate family on or after October 1, 75% of guest meal fees and 50% of any other fees will be refunded. 
ASBA reserves the right to cancel any workshop that does not meet a minimum registration and to replace an instructor in the event that an instructor is unable to fulfill their obligation to teach. 
 
6. Wyndham Hotel - Note: the Wyndham hotel is now filled.  See the information under Lodging for other options. Cancellation of hotel reservations is the responsibility of the registrant. You must ask for the American Society of Botanical Artists block to receive the conference rate. The ASBA block rate is good if booked
by September 18, 2016. After that, the discount rate will no longer be available. If you stay somewhere other than the hotel, ASBA is not responsible for your hotel arrangements nor transportation to/from your hotel. 
 
 

 

The Art Bazaar on Saturday evening before the banquet gives you the opportunity to shop for donated items with 100% of the proceeds going to support the ASBA’s mission. Sales are immediate, no bidding at this event. Items such as art supplies, botanical art books, jewelry, scarves, note cards, prints and original artwork will be for sale!
 
Also, there will be several individual Artist Sales Tables during the Art Bazaar where you can purchase directly from artists (30% of their proceeds go to the ASBA.)
 
Please consider donating to the Art Bazaar by submitting a Donation Form until September 29. Items can either be shipped by October 8, or hand-delivered to the Conference.
 

To donate, please email ArtBazaar@asba-art.org. Include the following information in your email: Name, Full mailing address, Email, Phone, Description of donated item, Value of donated item, Selling price (if different from Value), and whether you intend to ship or hand deliver the item.  If you prefer, you may download and complete the Art Bazaar Donation Form and scan and email it to ArtBazaar@asba-art.org

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum